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J Vector Ecol. 2001 Dec;26(2):196-201.

Age of Anopheles gambiae Giles male mosquitoes at time of mating influences female oviposition.

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Division of Entomology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-2339, USA.


Female Anopheles gambiae were more likely to oviposit when they mated with males that were two days old than when they mated with older males. The females' age at the time of mating and blood feeding did not influence ovipositional patterns. Females were no less likely to oviposit when they mated after blood feeding and maturing eggs. Sperm were present in the seminal vesicles of males 28 hours after eclosion, and their accessory glands were replete by 76-100 hours. The mean life span of sucrose-fed unmated females and males was 22 days.

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